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Violating a child custody arrangement has serious consequences

Many parents are familiar with the types of stress that can come from dealing with custody issues. Once a child custody arrangement is put into place by the court, it is legally binding, and a parent cannot take it upon him or herself to alter the agreement simply because the parent does not agree with the terms. One father recently learned this the hard way when he attempted to take his daughter to Texas with him. 

The man is the noncustodial parent of a 2-year-old girl. He showed up at a grocery store where the child was shopping with her grandparents and physically took the child to his vehicle. In an attempt to prevent anyone following him, police say he intentionally caused damage to two other vehicles. Police apprehended him a short time after. 

In addition to charges for the vehicle damage and other driving violations, he was charged with  felony charges of domestic violence by custodial interference, domestic violence by endangerment, aggravated assault,  felony charges of domestic violence by custodial interference, domestic violence by endangerment, aggravated assault and felony charges of domestic violence by custodial interference. It is against the law to violate a child custody order, and doing so can have serious legal consequences. If a parent wants to change a custody arrangement, it must be done within the boundaries of the law. 

Attempting to change a child custody arrangement may seem like a daunting task. Texas parents should know that they have the right to seek help from an experienced attorney. An attorney may have a better understanding of how a parent can best utilize the court system and attempt to modify a custody order.

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